MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport has been awarded a $1.24 million federal grant to finance what county and federal officials described as “much-needed upgrades” to its services and to fund a plan to determine future pavement maintenance and rehabilitation needs, according to Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan said the federal funds will permit the resurfacing this summer of the airport’s general aviation apron. He said ‘the current apron has reached the end of its useful life and will soon be unsuitable to support our corporate jet and private aircraft operations.” Horrigan said the apron rehab will include milling and overlay pavement improvements as well as markings and drainage improvement to create safer and more efficient airport operations.

Schumer said, “Keeping Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport in top-notch shape is critical to attracting business and tourism to the region and these federal funds will go a long way toward help the county” to develop projects “that will make sure the airport continues to be a regional leader for years to come.”

Gillibrand said the funds coming from the U.S. Department of Transportation “will support infrastructure upgrades to improve the Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport ensuring better, safer service for the thousands of New Yorkers served every year.”